The American Lung Association releases an annual report grading the levels of tobacco control nationwide as well as the grades for cities and counties in California.
The reports, State of Tobacco Control 2012 and State of Tobacco Control 2012 – California Local Grades, were released last month. The grades are based on local tobacco control policies, including smoke-free outdoor environments, smoke-free housing and the reduction in sales of tobacco products.
Long Beach received a C grade overall. The city was given an A grade for its reduction in the sale of tobacco products, but received a D grade for smoke-free outdoor air and an F grade for smoke-free housing.
California received an A grade for smoke-free air policies, but that was the only good grade on the Golden State’s report card.
The state was given an F grade for “poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services.” Additionally, California received an F for “failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs.” And, the state received a D grade for its low cigarette tax; the report ranked California 33rd among the 50 states for its $0.87 per-pack tax, which is below the national average of $1.46.